Pattern Test: Love Notions Tessa Sheath Dress

Tessa Sheath Dress by Love Notions Pattern Test by Made by Melli

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A large majority of the patterns I get to test are for kids, but every once in a while I get to test a women’s pattern. I love having an excuse to do some “self-care sewing”! Tami of Love Notions released two women’s patterns today, and I was thrilled to test the Tessa Sheath Dress! Tessa is a chic & stylish, yet super comfortable knit dress. It comes together very quickly (always a huge bonus!) and is shaped to flatter all body types!

Here are the details for Tessa:

Sizes XS-XXXL (bust 33″-49.5″)

Bateau or Scoop Neck Options

Sleeveless, Short, Elbow, 3/4, or Long Sleeve

Above Knee Length or Shin Length

Optional Yoke Detail

Can be mashed with the Sybil Skirt Collection

Tessa Sheath Dress by Love Notions Pattern Test by Made by Melli

I made my dress in a bright and springy floral ponte de roma knit from LA Finch Fabrics. I chose the bateau neckline and elbow length sleeves. I shortened the sleeves by 2.5″ before hemming so they would hit at a comfortable spot for me!

Tessa Sheath Dress by Love Notions Pattern Test by Made by Melli

The back of the dress is actually 2 pieces with a seam down the middle. Not only does it add a little extra detail, but it gives the dress a more flattering shape! For my dress I did shin length for a little extra modesty 🙂 The pattern is drafted for a 5’5″ woman, and I am only 5’4″. I shortened the pattern by 1/2″ according to the included instructions. Tami has made it SO incredibly easy to get a customized fit with this dress. There are lines on the pattern indicating the bust line, waistline, hip line, and a shorten/lengthen line. This makes adjusting for your specific body type a breeze. If you have a shorter torso but longer legs, you can easily see where you need to add or subtract length from the pattern. This is what sewing is all about! Yay for a perfect fit!

Tessa Sheath Dress by Love Notions Pattern Test by Made by Melli

I’m going to put it on the record that I MUCH prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it! But it was fun to have a reason to do my hair & makeup! That really doesn’t happen often. #momlife

One thing I feel I need to mention is how amazing Love Notion’s PDF patterns are! First off, there is so much good information in there to help you get started, to adjust the pattern, etc. The sizes are layered, so you can print only the size(s) you need. This makes it so easy to grade between sizes, know which lines to cut on, and it saves ink! There is a printing chart which tells you which pages to print for your chosen options. There is also a clickable menu on every page that will take you to the different sections of the PDF file (ex. Cutting Guide, Glossary, Size Chart, Troubleshooting, etc). She also includes instructions on how to do a full bust adjustment if you need it. Seriously, this PDF is packed with so much valuable information! If you have never sewed with a Love Notions pattern, you need to! You are bound to learn something new, and end up with a beautiful finished garment that fits well and you will be proud to wear!

Tessa Sheath Dress by Love Notions Pattern Test by Made by Melli

I wore my Tessa dress for church on Easter Sunday and received many kind compliments! Some from people who know that I often sew my own clothing, and some from people who don’t! I consider that a win 🙂 Be sure to also check out Love Notion’s other new release today, the Tabitha Top!

And what would a pattern release be without a SALE? Here are the details:

•The Tessa Sheath Dress is on sale individually HERE

•The Tabitha Top is available individually HERE

•Get both new releases in an amazing bundle HERE

•Since the Tessa bodice can be mashed with the Sybil Illusion Skirt Collection, Tami has graciously put that pattern on sale, too! You can grab that pattern HERE

Sale prices are good through Sunday, April 3, 2016.

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